Richard Taylor, an internationally renowned telecommunications and information policy expert, has been named Distinguished Professor in Residence in the Social Science Research Institute in the College of Social Sciences at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Taylor, Emeritus Palmer chair and professor of telecommunications studies and law at Penn State University, will work with faculty and students in Social Science Research Institute and the School of Communications in securing funding and donor support and developing initiatives in the field of information and communication technology.
“We are delighted to have someone of Richard Taylor’s caliber in the Social Science Research Institute,” said College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan. “He is a great resource not only for our students, but also the broader community. There is no doubt that Richard’s presence will raise the prominence and prestige of the college and the university.”
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Taylor, the founding co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Information Policy and the founding co-director of the Penn State Institute for Information Policy, has held many offices and received many honors. He was chairman of the Board of Governors of the Pacific Telecommunications Council (2013-2015), where he currently remains on the board. He was also a member of President Barack Obama’s Telecommunications Policy Advisory Committee.
For the last six years, he has organized and co-chaired a semi-annual series of experts’ workshops, funded by a multi-year grant from The Ford Foundation, to make scholarly research accessible to policymakers. His work has received support from Verizon, IBM, Google, AT&T, Microsoft, T-Mobile and the Social Science Research Council, among others. In 2002, he was appointed an IBM Faculty Partner for his work in the area of information metrics.
Taylor has also published widely on information communication technology activities in the Pacific Region, including Information Technology Parks of the Asia Pacific: Lessons for the Regional Digital Divide, with Meheroo Jussawalla (Armonk: M.E. Sharpe, 2003), Beyond Broadband Access: Developing Data-Based Information Policy Strategies, with Professor Amit Schejter (New York: Fordham University Press, 2013) and Information Policy in the Age of the Network Economy (in Chinese), with Zhou Hongren and Zhang Bin (Beijing: Publishing House of Electronics Industry, 2014).